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Lone Survivor (2013)

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Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.



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Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. Written by Jose Tinto

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Vive para contar la historia (Live to tell the story) See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El sobreviviente  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$84,857 (USA) (3 January 2014)


$125,069,696 (USA) (4 April 2014)

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Training pictures and footage in the beginning are from the Discovery Channel six part documentary Navy Seals Buds Class 234. See more »


During a gunfight, Marcus is seen looking through the scope of his rifle and looking around, but from one angle, the lens cap on his scope is still on. See more »


[first lines]
Seal Instructor: [pulling exhausted trainee from the water] Six times three?
Seal Trainee: [groans]
Seal Instructor: Hurry up, Hurry up, Hurry up... Hurry up.
Seal Trainee: Eighteen.
Seal Instructor: Ooh!
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Referenced in Film 2015: Episode dated 30 January 2014 (2014) See more »


Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
Performed by Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra
Courtesy of Peter Gabriel Ltd.
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Brutal and Realistic
7 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

As many war films have surfaced along the years, Lone Survivor is one of the better depictions of true events. Lone Survivor stands as an outstanding account of bravery and comradeship under fire, with acts of selflessness abounding. And director Berg (Friday Night Lights) could not have presented it more humanistically, or with more compassion for those who gave their lives on a mission that was doomed from the start. As it observes one of the four SEALS originally dropped onto Sawtalo Sar, the rugged mountain near Asadabad where insurgent leader Ahmad Shah was believed to be commanding a large band of Taliban fighters. "No curse," Luttrell replies, "just Afghanistan." But cursed they were, as Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) and fellow SEALs Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch), Matthew Axelson (Ben Foster) and their leader, Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), encounter nothing but horrible luck after confirming Shah's presence.

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